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Arriere-ban

Ar-riere′-banˊ

,
Noun.
[F., fr. OE.
arban
,
heriban
, fr. OHG.
hariban
,
heriban
, G.
heerbann
, the calling together of an army; OHG.
heri
an army +
ban
a public call or order. The French have misunderstood their old word, and have changed it into
arrière-ban
, though
arrière
has no connection with its proper meaning. See
Ban
,
Abandon
.]
A proclamation, as of the French kings, calling not only their immediate feudatories, but the vassals of these feudatories, to take the field for war; also, the body of vassals called or liable to be called to arms, as in ancient France.

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arriere-ban

arriere-ban

See also: arrière-ban

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Noun

arriere-ban (plural arriere-bans)

  1. (historical) A proclamation, as of the French kings, calling not only their immediate feudatories, but the vassals of these feudatories, to take the field for war.
  2. (historical) The body of vassals called or liable to be called to arms, as in ancient France.